Apple Exec Scott Forstall Fired Over Refusal To Sign Maps Apology

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Scott Forstall, the head of iOS for the past several years, was asked to leave Apple today, a move The Wall Street Journal is reporting as due to his refusal to sign his name to the letter of apology for the incomplete feature set and poor performance of iOS 6’s new Maps app.

The journal cites “people familiar with the matter,” who report that both Forstall and recent retail executive, John Browett, were both asked to leave. This is one of the bigger upsets in the balance of executive power at the Cupertino tech company in quite some time, and may in fact signal a move by Tim Cook, new CEO, to more firmly establish his own mark on Apple.

While Cult of Mac has reported on the ousted executives today, including some thoughts on why Forstall was asked to leave, this is the first report we’ve seen about the specific refusal to sign an apology letter.